What does delegate mean?

Definitions for delegateˈdɛl ɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt; -ˌgeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word delegate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delegate(verb)

    a person appointed or elected to represent others

  2. delegate, depute(verb)

    transfer power to someone

  3. delegate, designate, depute, assign(verb)

    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)


  1. delegate(Noun)

    a person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy

  2. delegate(Noun)

    a representative at a conference, etc.

  3. delegate(Noun)

    an appointed representative in some legislative bodies

  4. delegate(Noun)

    a type of variable storing a reference to a method with a particular signature, analogous to a function pointer

  5. delegate(Verb)

    to authorize someone to be a delegate

  6. delegate(Verb)

    to commit a task to someone, especially a subordinate

  7. delegate(Verb)

    to give away authority over a subdomain; to allow someone else to create sub-subdomains of a subdomain of yours

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delegate(noun)

    any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a commissioner; a vicar

  2. Delegate(noun)

    one elected by the people of a territory to represent them in Congress, where he has the right of debating, but not of voting

  3. Delegate(noun)

    one sent by any constituency to act as its representative in a convention; as, a delegate to a convention for nominating officers, or for forming or altering a constitution

  4. Delegate(adj)

    sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate judge

  5. Delegate(verb)

    to send as one's representative; to empower as an ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to commission; to depute; to authorize

  6. Delegate(verb)

    to intrust to the care or management of another; to transfer; to assign; to commit

  7. Origin: [L. delegatus, p. p.]


  1. Delegate

    A delegate is someone who speaks or acts on behalf of an organization at a meeting or conference between organizations of the same level.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delegate

    del′e-gāt, v.t. to send as a legate or representative: to entrust or commit to.—n. one who is delegated: a deputy or representative: (U.S.) a person elected to represent a territory in congress, as distinguished from the representatives of the States.—adj. delegated, deputed.—ns. Delegā′tion, Del′egacy, a delegating: the persons delegated. [L. de, away, and legare, -ātum, to send as ambassador.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Eng. _dally_, to loaf, and Fr. _gate_, spoiled. A spoiled loafer.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delegate' in Nouns Frequency: #1924


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delegate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delegate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stephen W. Comiskey:

    You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    We intend to fight for every vote and every delegate remaining.

  3. Luisa Maria Calderon:

    The state has the monopoly over force, and you can't delegate it to groups of whatever order.

  4. Ronald Reagan:

    Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere.

  5. Victor Matheson:

    There are hugely militarized zones where nobody goes unless you are a reporter or a delegate, it keeps the regulars away.

Images & Illustrations of delegate

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Translations for delegate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • موفد, فوضArabic
  • упълномощавам, делегат, делегирам, представителBulgarian
  • delegada, delegatCatalan, Valencian
  • delegovat, delegátCzech
  • Vertreter, Abgeordneter, DelegierterGerman
  • diputar, delegada, delegadoSpanish
  • نماینده, تفویض کردن, سپردنPersian
  • edustajaFinnish
  • déléguer, déléguée, déléguéFrench
  • neach-ionaid, riochdaireScottish Gaelic
  • נציג, בא-כוחHebrew
  • delegato, delegataInterlingua
  • melimpahkanIndonesian
  • delegareItalian
  • נָצִיגHebrew
  • 代理人, 使節, 代表Japanese
  • gedelegeerde, afgevaardigdeDutch
  • delegada, delegadoPortuguese
  • представи́тельница, поручи́ть, уполномо́чить, представи́тель, уполномо́чивать, делеги́ровать, делега́тка, делега́т, поруча́тьRussian
  • delegatSwedish
  • delegeTurkish

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